Shelley Sheiner

Entering his 12th Season as Head Coach of the Kean University mens lacrosse program.

Entering his 12th Season as Head Coach of the Kean University mens lacrosse program, Shelley Sheiner has guided the Cougars to much success over his tenure. The 2013 & 2014 Cougars both amassed records of 15-3, breaking the all-time wins total for a single season. The prior record was 14 wins, which was accomplished in three different years (1993, 2008, and 2010). Two of those seasons were under Coach Sheiners guidance. During the 2013 season Coach Sheiner reached the 100 win mark with a 10-9 victory over Birmingham Southern College on March 15. In 2010 the Cougars captured their first ECAC championship in 15 years with an 11-7 win over in-state rival Richard Stockton in the Division III Mid-Atlantic Mens Lacrosse Championship. In 2008, the team captured the program's first-ever Skyline Conference championship with a thrilling 8-7 come-from-behind victory over arch-rival Montclair State University, advancing the Cougars to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program. For the past eight seasons, Sheiner's squads have posted winning records. The last time the Cougars had this much success was under the legendary Hawley Waterman. A Kean student-athlete at the time, Sheiner was a defender on the 14-win, 1993 team that won the program's last of four Knickerbocker Conference Championship titles. Coach Sheiner credits Coach Waterman as one of his coaching mentors. In fall of 2003, Sheiner was named the sixth head coach in the history of the program after serving two years as an assistant coach at Kean. Prior to that, Sheiner served as the head boy's lacrosse coach at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, N.J., from 1997-2001. During his tenure, Sheiner guided the program to back-to-back state tournament appearances (1999 & 2000) and was named the New Jersey Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the Rizk Division in 2000 when Indian Hills finished 13-5. Sheiner began his coaching career at Ridgewood High School, where he served as an assistant boy's lacrosse coach from 1995-96, under Steve Jacobsen, one of the all-time winningest coaches in New Jersey lacrosse history and a member of the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Sheiner credits Jacobsen as the person who gave him his start in coaching some 18 years ago. Recently the Israel Lacrosse Association announced that in the summer of 2014 Sheiner will be one of the assistant coaches for the Israeli National Team. The team will compete in Denver for the FIL Championships in July. Current team captain Richard Cheifitz and assistant coach Michael Grosz will both be representing Israel as players during those games. Sheiner has coached 23 players to All-Conference accolades and has coached four USILA All-Americans. In 2008 he was voted by his peers the Skyline Conference Coach of the Year. Sheiner graduated from Kean University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Science in political science and criminal justice. He earned his master's degree in special education/initial certification from William Paterson University. Sheiner is an active member in the New Jersey chapter of US Lacrosse and a sitting member on the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame Committee. He is a special education teacher at Roy W. Brown Middle School in Bergenfield, NJ. In his spare time he volunteers as a coach for the Fair Lawn Junior Wrestling Program. He resides in Fair Lawn with his wife Kelly and their children, Jacob and Sarah.